EVENT Spectacular boat parade coming up this Saturday, starts at Allen's Landing


Houston, known to many as the Bayou City, traces its roots to the vast network of waterways that crisscross its urban landscape. And, in celebration of that, Afloat!, the first in a series of parades being presented by the Houston Arts Alliance’s three-month Transported + Renewed project, will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Adventure seekers are invited to join in the spectacular boat procession from Allen’s Landing to Houston’s East End. Afloat! will feature people-powered canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, row boats and dragon boats, alongside a fleet of police and fire department boats and the Mighty Tidy, a boat used by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to keep the bayou system clean.

Also, spectators should be on the lookout for Whatever Floats, a giant inflatable sculpture by renowned Houston artist Sharon Engelstein, anchored in the water near the finish line. Public viewing locations for Afloat! can be accessed along the 2.2-mile bike trail system on the south side of Buffalo Bayou between Allen’s Landing and York Street.

Boat afficianados can become part of the parade by registering their boat at www.houstonartsalliance.com/transported/afloat/. The registration deadline for Afloat! is Friday, Sept. 12, and space is limited. Particpants are encouraged to embrace their creative sides by decorating their boats and donning costumes. Awards for the “Funkiest Floater” and “Cutest Crew” will be presented at the post-parade party at the finish line, located at 901 York Street.

Transported + Renewed is a bold mix of community-based and contemporary art projects organized by Houston Arts Alliance, in collaboration with local artists and community partners. Between now and November 30, Houston’s East End, the city’s historic transport hub and neighborhood hugging Buffalo Bayou and the Ship Channel, will be infused with a series of concerts, performances, contemporary visual arts installations and more.

Transported + Renewed is made possible in large part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ "Our Town" grant award for creative placemaking, received in fall of 2013 by the Houston Arts Alliance as one of 59 such awards and one of two grants awarded at the highest level nationally. Houston is the only city in Texas to have received the prestigious grant in 2013. Through "Our Town," the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grantee projects encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.

Transported + Renewed would not be possible without the tremendous support of Buffalo Bayou Partnership. 

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